Casual Essay Disturbia

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Cultural Changes: Rear Window v. Disturbia
When looking at any movie that has ever been produced, one can typically get a feel for how it was to live in the time period that the movie was made. This is because most producers typically have their movies mimic the traits of the current time, whether by choice or by rules/regulations. Due to this we can typically take a look at movies and see a distinct difference in several aspects of films, even if the movie is a remake of the movie it is being compared to. By reviewing the films of Rear Window, which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954, and Disturbia, which was directed by D. J. Caruso in 2007, we can see that the U.S. underwent a ...view middle of the document...

A few days later a neighbor’s dog is found dead with a broken neck which leads to the dog’s owner yelling and gaining the whole complexes attention, everyone’s attention except that of Mr. Thorwald. Jeffries then believes that this is because Thorwald has buried his recently deceased wife in the courtyard and sends his girlfriend and nurse to investigate. They then try to slip anonymous notes under Thorwald’s door letting them know that they are on to him. After Lisa is found breaking in to Thorwald’s apartment and the cops are called, Thorwald finds Jefferies spying on him and heads over to his apartment to try and kill him. Right before Thorwald can complete his attempted murder, Doyle and the others come back and catch Jeffries as he falls off of the balcony and then arrest Thorwald.
Next we take a quick look at Disturbia. This film is about a young high school student Kale Brecht (Shia LaBeouf) whose mood changes once his father is killed in a car crash and he punches his Spanish professor after he makes a comment about his father, leading to him being placed on house arrest. After spending the start of his house arrest like a vacation, Kales mother Julie (Carrie-Anne Moss) cancels all of his music and video subscriptions and cuts the power cord to his television to teach him a lesson. Kale uses his new found free time to spy on his neighbors with his best friend Ronnie Chu (Aaron Yoo), notably his new, attractive female neighbor Ashley Carlson (Sarah Roemer), and his other next door neighbor that he suspects to be a serial killer, Robert Turner (David Morse). After Kale sees Turner driving a ’67 Ford Mustang with the same dent described in a recent news report detailing a serial killer from Texas, he starts devoting more of his time to spying on Turner to find out the truth. One day when Ronnie comes over to spy on Ashley, the two are caught watching her so she comes over and decides to start spying on the neighbors with them as well. One night when Ashley comes over to Kales after she had hosted a party that Kale tried to crash by playing loud music from his rooftop, the two become romantically involved, and while they are doing this we can see blood spattering on the window of Turner’s home. One day Kale sends Ronnie over to break into Turner’s house and inspect a bag that they believe to have the body of one of Turner’s murder victims. Ronnie sees blood in the bag but can’t make anything else out before the garage door shuts and traps him inside, causing him to freak out and try to escape the house. Kale breaks his house arrest barrier to try and save Ronnie which leads to the police responding, only to find Kale as a break in suspect and find a dead deer in the plastic bag. Afterwards Julie goes to talk to Turner to apologize while Kale examines the video Ronnie captured. After close examination, Kale sees a dead body in the vents, at which point we see Turner knocking out Kale’s mother and start to come to attack Ronnie and Kale....

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